Travelers and commuters in Sydney, Australia, will have to pay more to catch a cab as the cost of petrol climbs amid an international fuel crisis.
The peak body for taxi drivers, the Taxicab Industry Council of Australia, issued a statement saying passengers would be asked to “continue to fund our industry as gas and petrol becomes scarce and expensive.”
It added that the industry was “still at the mercy of competing retailers,” and it would seek public support for a tariff “to maintain our trade”.
Payments would be higher until the fuel crisis was over, the council warned.
Currently, taxis in Sydney charge $1.15 for a 30-minute trip and $1.20 for an hour. Before fuel was pumped into Sydney’s public transport system last year, cabs charged no fares on weekdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Manpreet Bajwa, chief executive of the Taxicab Industry Council of Australia, said the increase might come into effect on Monday.
“The demand is coming from everyday people who do not have to drive from A to B and don’t have the option to do it in their own car so they use taxis,” he said.
“As the cost of fuel goes up, the price for travel goes up.”